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Perennial Geranium

Perennial Geranium | Gardening | Scoop.it
How to grow and plant perennial geranium, start geranium seeds, hardy geranium care, and removing dead head geraniums, and more about gardening shade loving perennials flowers and plants (RT @shadegardener: Perennial Geranium - How to grow and plant,...

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A  great  plant  but  it  does  have  it  draw  backs  unless  it  chopped  back  and  divided  up   it  will  become  

(a)  Very  hard  to  dig  up  as  the  rhizomes  grow  bigger  and  bigger 

(b) the  plant  then  gets  invasive  and  troublesome  

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Pave the Way to Easier Mowing With a Mowing Strip

Learn how to install lawn edging to lower maintenance. Edging keeps grass stolons out of garden beds; incorporating a mowing strip into your lawn facilitates mowing.
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To  me  these  look  like  a  great  idea  but  without a  use  of  strimmer  your  mower  will  still  not  get  to  the  edges.  

As  for  stolons  it  will  regulate  the  amount  of  twitch  grass  or  couch  grass  from  rooting  but  I  know  from  experience  that  all  you  need  is  one  or  more  blades  of  grass  on  the  ground   and  they  will  virtually  twitch  in  the  ground  and  root  themselves  -  hence  the  term  twitch  grass.

So  my  solution  would  be  to  make  a  border  around  edge  to  not  a  big  one  but  just  enough  for  your  mower  to  go  over  and  collect  the  cutting.

With  Corners I  prefer  using my  flat  bottom  shears  as  it  keeps  it  nice  and  neat  and  plus  all  the  clipping  can  be  collected  up  by  hand -  not  like  the  strimmer  where  it  spreads  the  clipping .

For  Big  lawns  there  no  escape  So  i' use  a  strimmer  only  when  i  know  that  there  no  flower  bed  in sight  

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Gardens for Cats

Gardens for Cats | Gardening | Scoop.it
Most articles you see about cats in gardens – are something along the lines of ‘how do I stop the neighbours’ cats coming in my garden?
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The  only  thing  i  have  to  say  is  that  cats  like  freedom  to  roam    its  in  their  DNA   so  unless  your  Cat  is  old  the  less  it  will  stray.

Plus  the  fact  other  peoples  cats  might  find  the  your  garden  cosy  too  especially  with  cat  mint   which  acts  as  drug  to  them .

Other  wise  this  is  good  article 

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Why You Should Rake Your Lawn Regularly

Why You Should Rake Your Lawn Regularly | Gardening | Scoop.it
Read some tips why you should rake your lawn regularly and why this is so important for the good look of your yard.

Via Benjamin Sanchez
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Good  article  from  Beautifullandscapingtx.com 

But  maybe  cause  they  are  from  America  they  have  forgotten  or  didnt  know  the   other  reason  why  its  important  to  rake  your  lawn.

Being  a  groundsman  assistant  for  11  yrs  before  moving  on  to  Royal  Parks  department  know  that  raking  does  more  than  pick  up  leaves  it  divides  the  stolons  of  grass  roots  thus  multiplying  the  grass  sward  by  4  it  also  removes  moss  and  thatch  that  would  imped    drainage.

Question  about  leaves  - I would  rake  up  the  top  pile  of  leaves  first  and  would  either  bag  them  to  take  them  to   dump  or  compost  them.

You  could  either  then  sprinkle  the  leaves  on  the  soil  and  leave  mother  nature  to  do  the  rest .

Off  courses  you  have  to  find  a  space  out  of  sight  first 

Secondly  I  would  then  go  over  with  a  mower  ounce  with  out  bucket  then  with  a  bucket  until  the  lawns  are  cleared  

Any  small  bits  will  be  taken  down  by  worms  in  there  borrows  

If  you  allowed  this  to  happen  you  save  a  lot  time  and  money  on  another  Autumn  routine  -  and  that  is  Aeration   more  info  can  be  found    here  -  http://www.rsgardencareservices.co.uk/Lawn-Care-Services.html

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Keeping a lawn green and lush all season long is challenging at the worse. There are numerous things that one must do in order to ensure the healthiness and beautifulness of their lawn. Mowing, fertilizing, watering, and weeding are all essential for your grass; however, there is one more task that most people forget about – raking.

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How to grow exotic leaves for delicious flavours

How to grow exotic leaves for delicious flavours | Gardening | Scoop.it
Use easy-to-grow exotic leaves like banana leaves to wrap food and add Asian flavours to your cooking
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I  article  I  found  really  interesting  about    only  about  growing  them  but  how  to  prepare  them  for  a  dish. I  have  known  mainly  from  watching  TV  cooking  programs  that  you  can  use  almost  anything  these  days  from  grape vine  leaves (  I  know  one  of  clients  cooks  that  way   &  the  other  make  a  grape  fool  out  of  the  remaining  grapes  since  the  grapes  you  grow  here  arent  the  kind  to  make  wine  or  desert  off

If  you  want  to  experiment  with   cooking    and  Dont  know  how  to  grow  them  sign  up  for  my  Enews letter  -  http://eepurl.com/3PyIr ;  where  I  will  tell  you  how  to  grow  them  

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How to Maximize Your Gardening Workout | General Fitness | FireHow.com

How to Maximize Your Gardening Workout | General Fitness | FireHow.com | Gardening | Scoop.it
Heavy digging, raking, laying sod, turning compost and other garden chores burn 300 to 400 calories an hour. Now I really hope this article helps people to have there garden to look good and yourself too!
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Dedicated  to  you   fitness  addicts  out  there  -  true  gardening  is  a  great  exersize   but  you  most  be careful  of  your  back  too  cause  once  that  goes  it  would  take  months  to  heal  and  then  it  never  go  away. 

Take  a  tip  from   from  some  one  doing  heavy  squats   Always  bend  at  knees  and  keep  your  back  straight  -  The  muscles  in  your  thighs  are  stronger  than  the  ones  in  your  back  

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Gardening | Cool weather brings good time to grow some herbs - MyrtleBeachOnline.com

Gardening | Cool weather brings good time to grow some herbs
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Forget the hackneyed image of little pots of herbs growing on a sunny kitchen window sill.
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This  to  me  Sounds  like  a  brilliant  idea  -  but  taking  in  account  the  location ie  USA  I  get  to  thinking  could  it  work  over  here  in  the  UK  plus  the  fact  the  winter is  a  problem  with  young  lush  stems  

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Celebrate England’s magnificent trees

Celebrate England’s magnificent trees | Gardening | Scoop.it
Do you have hankerings for a horse chestnut or an urge for an oak? The UK has some of Europe’s most historic and beautiful trees and the search is now on to find our Tree of the Year. Liam Creedon reports.
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I  found  this article  interesting  because  it  was  quite  recently  the  forestry  commission   where  told  to  take  out  our  oak  trees  and  replace  them  with  western  cedars

Cause  of  "Global  Warming "  ie  severe  droughts that  will  depleat our  land  of  water.

However  what  I  feel  is  totally  different   due  to  just  observing  nature  and  seeing  what  thrives  and  what  doesn't 

And  what  i  seen  is  that  large  plants  with  large  tap  roots  aren't  effected  by  the  drouight  cause  they  can  tap  into  your  water  basin and  what  you  see  is  only  superficial  damage 

  As  some  one  ounce  said  " This  planet  survived  a  lot  catastrophic disasters  in  its  time  but  it  managed  to  bounce  back  True  if  a  plant  or  trees  dies    replace  it  by  all  means  but  ripping  out  our  trees  and  replacing  them   with  new  imports  is  fruitless 

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Why have rock gardens fallen out of fashion?

Why have rock gardens fallen out of fashion? | Gardening | Scoop.it
The Victorians and Edwardians loved them, but the traditional rock garden is considered bad taste by many today
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Royal Parks to host two harvest festivals - Horticulture Week

Royal Parks to host two harvest festivals - Horticulture Week | Gardening | Scoop.it
Royal Parks to host two harvest festivals
Horticulture Week
Experts from The Royal Parks Guild – The Royal Parks alumni society - will be on site to answer any questions about food growing.
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This  sounds  like  fun   a  must  if  you   live  within  the  city  or  are  prepared to  travel   starts  in  Kensington  and  Regents  Park  on  the  7th   

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Squash Vine Borer Wins

Squash Vine Borer Wins | Gardening | Scoop.it
The vigorous Jack Be Little pumpkin vines that once scaled my rustic tripod have succumbed to the ravenous caterpillars.
ARGHHH, they are back this year.  Yes, I’ve read that collars around the stem are the best prevention.
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How meadows were lost in the long grass - Telegraph

How meadows were lost in the long grass - Telegraph | Gardening | Scoop.it
The popularity of the 'annual meadow’ has led to some unrealistic ideas about wildflowers (RT @B_Strawbridge: Know your '#meadows' from your 'meadows'?
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On  the  rise  of  the  recent  claim  that  some  wildplants  maybe   toxic  like  the  corn  cockle  from  an  early  post   by  the  said  telegraph it  has  come  too  no  surprise  that  now  they  are  saying  that  our  wild  flowers  arent  really  wild  at  all  -  well  in  fact  if  you  look  at  from  different  angle   these  seeds    first  start  their  journey  from  the  labs  either  in  kew  or  other  big  research  laboratories -> then  from  there  to  shops  or  stores  (  their  still  not  wild  ) -> then  sold  on  where  we  are  guilty  of  helping  them  germinate  by  cultivating  the  soil  so  really  they  are  called  cultivated  wild  flowers  ->  its  only  when  they  begin  to  self  sow  that  the  these  plants  are  wild  

As  for  wild  meadows it  was  due  the  agriculture  revolution  that  these  wild  flowers   began  to  be  wiped  out   cause  of  arable  farming  cause  they  where  invasive  species  

When  I  was  at  college  we  where  given  a  good  example  

"If a  farmer sows and  harvests  wheat one  year  and  decides to  sow  barley  the  next -> should  there  be  any  wheat  seeds  that   germinated  in the  soil  that  is  classified  as  a  weed ie  a  plant  in the  space  at  the  wrong  time   

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Curb Appeal: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Curb Appeal: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas | Gardening | Scoop.it
Boosting curb appeal is easy with the help of colorful plants and functional furniture. We show you curb appeal landscaping and hardscaping ideas, along with...
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Going  along  with  the  other  story  I  posted   -  this  is  great  idea  of  selling  your  house  if  you  lawn  starting  to  not  look  it  best  and  that  is  to  create  a  bed  out  it  -  In  the  states this  is  taken  over  by  storm  cause  of the  drought  but  in  the  UK  we  don't  have  the  sever  weather like  they  do.

However  to  avoid  any  conflicts  with your  Residents  Committee  best  check  with  them  before  hand  other  wise  you  will  be  fined 

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We must pay more attention to threat to oak trees

We must pay more attention to threat to oak trees | Gardening | Scoop.it
Johanna Gibbons calls for ‘Springwatch’ approach to spotting problems
The carterpillar of the oak processionary moth
Landscape professionals need to take a ‘Springwatch’ approach to oak processionary moth, according to Johanna Gibbons of J&L Gibbons.
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These  pest  can  cause  skin  irrations  cause  of  their  very  fine  hairs  and  you  should  be  carefull  of  them .

So  I  totally  go  a  long  with  this  

To  My  knowledge  Council  Boroughs  have  already  have  a  scheme  set  where  they  spray  the  oaks  tree  when  an  a  large  out break  does  occur  but  unfortunately  for  some  residents  all  grounds  surround  the  oak  trees   the  cost  is  too  high  to  have  some  one  in to  do  it  as  you  need  a  licence  and  the  right  equipment  to  treat  it  plus  the  cost  of  the  chemical  it  self  

In  My  time  working  for  either  Local  Boroughs ,  Royal  Parks  Department   to  being  Self  Employed  I  have  never  come  this  at  all   

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Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%

Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12% | Gardening | Scoop.it
A $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by adding a landscape with color and large plants, according to research from Virginia Tech.

Via Michael Stuart, John M. Holland
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How  to  increase  the  value  of  your  home

 

This is  a  good  article  worth  sharing.  Even  now  with  the  sun shinning  now  Im  off  this  afternoon  to  help  a  client  sell  her  home  by  doing  up  her  front  garden  for  that  important Curb  appeal  effect  I  have  made  a  listly   list  thing  to  do  for  that  wow  factor   http://list.ly/list/Sw9-how-to-increase-the-value-of-property to  give  you  some  idea 

Meny  people  have  really  no  idea  about  how  to  sell  the  house  properly . Thinking  that  if  the  inside  looks  good  then  the  new  owners  can  come  and  do  the  garden.

And  in  my  work  i  have  seen  gardens  that  even  the  surveyers  cannt  get  to.

So  I  cannt  really  emphasise  enough  of  the  importance  of  it is    

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"The most preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape," according to Niemiera. Adding different plant sizes to a front yard, for example, can boost curb appeal, as well as mixing fruit trees and flowers for added color.

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Top 5 Gardening Apps You Need Today! | The Garden Glove

Top 5 Gardening Apps You Need Today! | The Garden Glove | Gardening | Scoop.it
Would you have guessed that your smart phone or tablet could be a gardening companion? We have our top 5 picks for gardening apps that you need, today!

Via Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com
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Scented plants: how to make your garden a fragrant paradise

Scented plants: how to make your garden a fragrant paradise | Gardening | Scoop.it
Mark Diacono joins one of our leading horticultural writers to explore the heavenly scents that bring a garden to life
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Another  very  informative  article  from the  Telegraph  this  time  on  how  to  fill  your  garden  with  scent.

My  clients  often moan  about  their  roses  not  smelling  or  Honeysuckle   which  is  the  shame.

I  try  and  tell  them  that  through  the  years  of  cross  breeding  the  roses  in  particular  have  been  more  concentrated  on  the  flower size  and  colour  and  leaving  out  the   old  fashion  scent  of  the  blooms  

Maybe  this  article  will  cheer  them  up

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Since this article in the Telegraph was published I came across the RHS guide to scented flowers also - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/misc/winter-flowering-shrubs-for-fragrance which since its the on coming of our Autumn and winter here in the UK thought this might come in useful
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Heathrow launches world's first 'on-board picnic' service - Telegraph.co.uk

Heathrow launches world's first 'on-board picnic' service - Telegraph.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Heathrow launches world's first 'on-board picnic' service Telegraph.co.uk The park space, set up in collaboration with the Royal Parks Foundation, features the “scents of freshly cut grass and plants, the sounds of birds chirping”...
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All  sounds  like  a  good  idea  but  the  Pop  up  Parks  with  bird  song  is  over  the  top I  think .

But  for  this  privileged  you  have  to  pay  from  £5 to  £50  on  these  hampers   

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Too Cold for Broccoli?

Too Cold for Broccoli? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Tips for growing broccoli plants in the vegetable garden. (Too Cold for Broccoli? http://t.co/SAxnKqNaCW)
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THis  article  to  me  tells  me  something  that  i  didnt  know  about  growing  Broc  -  that  as  they  grow  the  plant  can  be  detrimental  to  a  temp  change 

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Inoculation and condition for Biochar and the 2014 home garden field trials << Tweeted from @DIYReddit

Inoculation and condition for Biochar and the 2014 home garden field trials http://t.co/IAUIdxv22R
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This  is  one  of  the  draw  backs  of  RAW biochar  is  that  if  isn't  inoculated  and  conditioned  it  would  have  the  reverse  on  your  soil   ie  absorbing  all  the  nutriments  in  your  soil  leaving  it  barren  for  weeks  until  it  released  back into  the  soil -  this  can  be  terribly  time  consuming    - However  a  good  search  around  the  Web  will  bring  fruitful  results  if  you  just  one  question  is  it  inoculated?

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How gardening became young, hip and urban - Telegraph.co.uk

How gardening became young, hip and urban - Telegraph.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
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How gardening became young, hip and urban
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'Gardening had this image of being fusty and dusty and the domain of the over-50s,” says Neil Whitehead.
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How to grow echinacea, those lazy, crazy daisies of summer

How to grow echinacea, those lazy, crazy daisies of summer | Gardening | Scoop.it
Not known for its staying power, the seductive yet fickle echinacea inspires many experiments
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Banned Biblical whale inflated on beach in Weston-super-Mare - BBC News

Banned Biblical whale inflated on beach in Weston-super-Mare - BBC News | Gardening | Scoop.it
Bristol Post
Banned Biblical whale inflated on beach in Weston-super-Mare
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The Bible Society installed the 50ft (15m) long creature after it was told it could not re-enact the story of Jonah in London's Royal Parks.
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A garden of late blooms with Japanese Anemone

A garden of late blooms with Japanese Anemone | Gardening | Scoop.it
September is  a time when some border plants come into their own, just as the rest of your summer flower plants are past their prime.  A classic late flowerer is the pretty Japanese Anemone, a favourite with gardeners and the perfect choice for the...
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Three Problems you may encounter when Landscaping your yard

Three Problems  you  may  encounter when Landscaping your  yard | Gardening | Scoop.it

(1) Cost   Since you are hiring a contractor to do the landscaping renovation, you can definitely expect these guys to ask for a fee for all services rendered. Yes, whether it be keeping your bushes and grassperfectly trimmed or replacing a garden lamp, these things costs money. So you say that this is not going to be a problem, right? Unfortunately, there are numerous cases where the house owner is either angry or confused as to why their landscaping service fee have reached hundreds (even thousands) of dollars by the end of the day. That’s because these people did not give the contractor a heads up about their budget

(2)  Security Damage

Yes  there  are  some  unscrupulous  people  around  who  take  advantage  of  you  im  afraid  so  unless  you  know  that  can  trust  them  have  some  one  in  the  house   when  you  are  out  and  about  

(3)  Property Damage  

- While these contractors are busy working on your lawn or garden, accidents may happen. It could be that your favorite bush or plant gets damaged or some clumsy worker managed to break your favorite garden decoration. When things get messy, it’s only right to ask for a refund. Unfortunately, not all contractors give great refunds, so make sure that the contractor you’re getting has a great refund system for damages incurred.

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How  at  RS  Gardening Services  Address   these  3  problems  

(1) The  Fees

When  I'm  seeing new  clients  I  always    state    my  prices  before  hand   wether  it  for  an   two  or  three  hours   or  a  days  work    so  my  clients  know  where  they  stand  .

Also  I  alter  my  schedule  around  them    

But  if  you  planing  to  redesign  your  garden    always    consider it  like    doing  a  rebuild   budget  properly  its  no  good  sending  out  your   gardener  to  get  plants  and   garden  structures  then  finding  that  you  got  no  money  for  it  

Thats  why   when  I  get  to  the  task   I  ask  how  much  are  you  willing  to  spend  on  your  garden  as  labour  cost  and  material  can  up  to  a  lot  

(2) Security

 As  i  already mentioned  Trust  is  the  key  importance ;-  

(a) Dont  give  them  acess  to  your  garden  

(b) Make Sure  that   their  is  some  one  in   

(3) Property  Damage  

Yes  accidents  can  happen but  all contractors  should  have  a  Public  Liability  Insurance  too   if  they  are  honest  and  accidently  break  anything  You&  they    are  covered  

All  ways  ask   before  hiring                                                 

 

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Defra confirms industry meeting for ornamentals sector

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Defra confirms industry meeting for ornamentals sector - from Horticulture Week
Richard Spencer's insight:

This  all  may  be  well  but  where  does  import and  exporting  come  into  the  equation  of  horticulture  

Surely  Horticulture   means  growing  and  looking  after  plants  not  imports  and  exports  that  is  surely  #Marketing  

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